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Help! Disk clean and create partition primary recovery

Question: Help! Disk clean and create partition primary recovery

Hi all I need some urgent help, hopefully i can get some advice.

I accidentally used the cmd prompt and clean and created partition primary wrongly on the wrong disk. Can i know is there any way to recover the data inside? please help... this is what i did below...
Please advise me how do i get back my data and also label it as d drive.

I have downloaded active file recovery and i am currently running super scan on it.


DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

DISKPART> create partition primary

DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.


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Preferred Solution: Help! Disk clean and create partition primary recovery

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Answer: Help! Disk clean and create partition primary recovery

Hope that Jumanji can step in here and help you.

I would NOT try to recover the files as a first choice.

I would think in terms of recovering the partition--rather than the files.

The best single tool is probably Partition Wizard. It would try to recover the partition, and if successful, your files may be intact.

Don't do anything that writes to the disc.

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Good day, afternoon, night.
As the title explains I was trying to create a new primary partition in my Hard Disk Samsung HM500JI that I use as External Disk with an Acteck Enclosure USB 2.0 and with DISKPART I selected the Small Partition recently created and used the command "clean" (thinking that, that command would clean the partition and not the entire disk , and then I used "create partition primary" until I got advised that the entire disk was cleaned.

I found this thread and I think it could help me a lot with my problem but due all the programs are very powerful tools I don't want to delete my data

I had not put anything on the disk I just ran the Quick Scan and Deeper Scan from TestDisk with no lucky of recovery (I didn't take any SS of those scans). Now finished the Quick Scan of Partition Recovery in Partition Wizard with no lucky of any useful partition, just the last partition I did.

I will do the full scan of Partition Wizard and I will put the SS here.

It was only "Clean" command and "Create Partition Primary". Not "Clean All", so If the PW doesn't works I think the only tool that could help me is DMDE.

Recover data from a diskpart > clean command

And this ^ thread contains a lot of info from I take recently and I haven't made any other modify in the Hard disk since the DiskPart.
Hope all the info helps to help me and sorry about my English I'm from Mexico.

I finished the Full Scan and as the ... Read more

Answer:HDD Data lost, Diskpart Clean and Create Partition Primary Commands

Hi alexalget,

I am still trying to reconstruct what you have done leading to this problem. Please answer each question point by point for my understanding.

1. You had put a 500GB HDD into an external casing. When you put it in the very first time, was that HDD a new one or it already had data in it?

2.Have you been using this setup, reading and writing into the drive since the time you put that 500GB drive in it, without changing the disk structure? In other words did you wipe / format it and started with a clean 500GB HDD inside?

3. If you were already using the drive, you will not be able to create a new volume unless you delete the existing volume. Did you delete the existing volume, before you created a new small volume of 8 GB?

4. Did you use Windows Disk Management to create this new 8GB volume?

5. Also post a screenshot of how your drive looks now in Windows Disk Management as well as Partition Wizard -the very first screen that appears when you launch PW.

( I know you had read the other thread by lonewolf, where Anshad Edavana had done an excellent work reconstructing the MBR, partition table and the NTFS boot sector. But your case is different - you seem to have done multiple operations rather than just a diskpart clean as in that case - and I am not sure whether you should follow that.)

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Hello!I just bought a Lenovo IdeaPad with a windows 7 32 bit version. There was no system disk added. I learned that the windows 7 version is hidden in a recovery partition. I now want to create a system disk to save the windows 7 32 bit version just in case and install a windows 7 ultimate 64 bit version on the computer. Can you tell me what I have to do? Thank you!

Answer:How to create a recovery system disk from the hidden recovery partition?

Hi and welcome,
One way is to save a recover set ... with OKR ... or better do this Backup before  ...but no way to get a  pure Windows 7 Install Disc if you mention this  ...  
And Windows 7 64 Bit will not run on Atom based machine.. i.e. S10/S10e/S10-2 ,S12 Intel/Nvidia ...
(and even when, it lacks of memory 2GB (due the intel chipset restrictions) is good for 32 Bit based systems, but not really enough for 64 Bit based systems, so there is no benefit for use a 64bit on a netbook)  
S10-3t W7 64 ?
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Good Morning to All, I am using Windows 10 Single language Home edition on Intel i5-4210U CPU @1.70GHz, 2.40GHz, with 4GB RAM and 1TB hard disk. I deleted my recovery disk by mistake. Now I want to create 2 more partitions, one for data and other for REcovery disk. How do I Do it. Also I want to create recovery disk. How do I do it and what should be my partition sizes. Thanks

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I have my Windows format disc and I want to create another partition with it. I tried to create one, but it said something like "You have no more space to create another partition because you used up all your space on your Windows primary partition". See, when I reformatted my computer a while back I just created 1 partition for Windows and applied all the space onto that partition.

I was wondering if there is a way I could remove some space off of my Windows primary partition and create another partition with the space I removed. I want to do this so I can put general things in my other partition such as documents, music, etc. and just leave the other partition for Windows and programs. This way, my computer will possibly run faster, etc.

Could someone tell me how to do this?

Answer:I want to create a secondary partition, but I added all space on primary partition

You didn't mention what operating system you have.. that could make a difference... Vista has made it a little easier to do.
I'll assume you have XP.

1.) First defrag your drive.

2.) Then back up everything, because partition changes can easily wipe out your whole drive.

3.) Then, use a program such as Parted Magic, Partition Logic, or Partion Magic to change your partition sizes.
I'm not sure this will help you that much that it's worth doing, but good luck with it.

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Hi, and yes I reach my limit and have 3 primary partition but I want to create one more. So is there any software or method to create a primary partition? If so please tell me how thanks and thank you very very very very much.

Answer:How to create more than 3 primary partition?

You cannot get around that restriction. You can have 3 primary partitions, period.
*edit* Incorrect - you can have 4 primary partitions on a MBR disc, or 3 primary and 1 extended partition.

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I really can't believe I have been trying to do this all day.

Anyway, I'm trying to partition my c drive to create another primary partition to dual boot with XP or Vista, and then eventually create another primary for the other OS.

But first things first. With Disk Management, I shrink the the c drive(over 200 gb) by about 25 gigs. I use that unallocated space to create a simple drive...just as the tutorial on this site explains. But it always comes up as a logical drive.

DM shows that I have 3 drives: a recovery(not primary), reserved(primary), and c(primary).

I used cmd to go into diskpart and create a raw primary, but it says I only have 100mb available and cannot create another primary. What's that all about?

Any help on this situation would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Can't Create a Primary Partition in 7

Hi CastorTroy11 and welcome to W7 Forums

Can you post a snip showing the layout of the drive in Disk Management?

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I hope I put this in the right spot.

Okay I am trying to make bootable USB so I can reinstall my Windows 7, but when I get to the step to create partition primary, it tells me there is insufficient space to do so. What's up with that? I really need to get my laptop back working before the 14th, because I am going up to my grandparents' house for the summer and would like to bring my laptop with me. I also don't want them to find out I broke it so...heh.
Also, I've tried burning the ISO to a 4GB DVD disk with ImgBurn but every disk I do gives me an error, and I only have 3 DVDs left and I don't want to try again because I don't want to waste them. I actually just went out to buy this USB so I'm really upset that I'm having issues with it. ):

Thanks for the help!

Answer:4GB USB - Won't Create Partition Primary

have you tried following the instructions in this tutorial

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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Hi guys, I want to install a OS in my Samsung Laptop. I have made 5 partition, C: (default) D:, E: F: and I: and they are all logical Drive. I would like to install my OS in I: or E: drive. But he problem is I really need to have Primary Partition. I tried download and installing every partition software. Eg. EaseUS Partition Master, MiniTool Partition Wizard, Acronis Disk Director. I tried making them to Primary Partition but different software gives me different (or may be same but different words) errors.

For example:
Acronis Disk Director: "Cannot perform the operation. A disk cannot contain more than four primary volumes. And, if a disk contains a logical volume, it can contain no more than 3 primary volumes."

EaseUs Partition Master: "The operation could not be completed. There is no empty slot in MBR partition table."

Please help me guys. Oh yes, And if you guys would like a image of my disk management , it is below:
Please help me guys. I would like to create a Primary Partition, not Logical partition. If I have to delete any partitions, those are E: and I: if they are something else, please tell me.

Please help me. I will really appreciate it. Thank you guys! Please.

Answer:Can't Create a Primary Partition

It would eliminate a lot of problems if you would put your OS on the C: partition. That is the default location of a Windows 7 install, the size of the partition is about right and C: partition is primary as is H. What is on C: now? It has about 60 GB on it. Is there anything you could move?

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I currently have
1 ssd
1 1tb HDD
right now im rotating going into windows on my 1tb hdd and my ssd because theres some after effects projects i wanted to finish before i fully move over to the ssd.

What i want to do:
Create a partition on my 1tb drive
After im done with my projects on my 1tb i would like to merge the two partitions on my 1tb together.
The new partition on my 1tb would be used to housed my larger apps, games, and my temp folder.
i remember i use to have this program called nortons partition magic it worked well but doenst work in win 7.

so.. any one knows any good programs?

also is it safe to run "disk cleanup" on my ssd?
does this create more writes on my ssd and should i have it enabled?
Write-Caching - Enable or Disable <

Answer:create a partition on your Primary hdd? SSD Ques also

Quote: Originally Posted by vvilliamm

I currently have
1 ssd
1 1tb HDD
right now im rotating going into windows on my 1tb hdd and my ssd because theres some after effects projects i wanted to finish before i fully move over to the ssd.

What i want to do:
Create a partition on my 1tb drive
After im done with my projects on my 1tb i would like to merge the two partitions on my 1tb together.
The new partition on my 1tb would be used to housed my larger apps, games, and my temp folder.
i remember i use to have this program called nortons partition magic it worked well but doenst work in win 7.

so.. any one knows any good programs?

also is it safe to run "disk cleanup" on my ssd?
does this create more writes on my ssd and should i have it enabled?
Write-Caching - Enable or Disable <

I easily partitioned my hard drive with a Windows 7 - 64 bit system using the free Partition Wizard.
Partition Wizard is a Magic Server Partition Manager Software for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 and Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7.

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I am trying to install Windows 8 on my computer dual booting with the Windows 7 that is already installed. My troubles are when trying to format the existing hard drive with Win 7 installed to make room for the new OS. I shrank the existing partition and now have 20GB of unallocated space. I then put in the Win 8 disk and tried to put it on that unallocated space. It gave me a message saying it cant install it on this partition and that the dynamic volume was not supported. I then tried taking that unallocated space and made it a simple volume with the same results. I remember reading somewhere i need to make a second system partition but dont remember how to do that. I guess what im looking for is help on how to create a dual booting computer with Windows 7 and Windows 8. I really appreciate all responses and thank you very much in advance!

Answer:How to create a second primary partition to dual OS on a computer.

You cannot install an operating system on unallocated space, you have to create a primary partition first.

You also need to be using a basic volume and not a dynamic one and 20GB is the bare minimum for installing Windows 7, let alone Windows 8.

Although this tutorial shows how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Vista, the same principles will apply to a dual-boot with Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

Please post your disk management layout so that we can advise you further.

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I'm user from a Toshina NB100 and i'm happy with my netbook, but i have a problem.

I always work with partition on my HD. The primary partition have 20GB and the secondary partition have 100GB.
On the primary partition i have the OS windows xp and on the secondary partition i have music, photos, programas, games, etc.

When i want to created an imagen from my primary partition for example with Acronis partition magic or with other program the NB1000 don't recognize the hard drive, the machime write a legend "i can not find HD". I thing that the problem is the fault of the Bios.

Someone know about of this problem? or may be someone could do this?

Answer:NB100 - Cannot create image of primary partition


I doubt that this is a BIOS problem.

The point is that the notebook uses the SATA HDD controller and your image software cannot recognize the HDD due to missing SATA drivers.

The Intel Matrix Storage Manger package which can be found on the Intel page contains the needed SATA files.


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Hi Friends .
I bought a HP laptop(Pavilion dv3) , It has 4 primary partition by default (System , Recovery , C: and another 109MB one) . I need more partition and of course unable to create logical partitions. On the other hand i am not sure to delete any of mentioned partitions . I don't know what to do .
I've created recovery disks , so can i delete recovery partition without emerging any problem no ?
Thanks !

Answer:Unable to create extended partition,becouse of 4 default primary ones

Hello Arminm, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing the complete HDD layout to see if anything may stand out?

What happens to prevent you from creating a logical (extended) partition? You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help your shrink the C: drive to create a logical partition with the unallocated space.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Hope this helps for now,

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Hi BC,
Couple months ago I spent some time in your malware forums trying to resolve issues with a constantly running Windows 7 media center which I noticed was running - not my - porn and bitcoins through. The issue progressed, solutions did not, files got locked, online access became scarce, and as I couldnt keep in timely contact with your well-intentioned helpers here, my thread was closed. To not be a burden on volunteer time, I left the idea of one on one help behind and sought additional insight on my own.
4 months after first noticing an issue, I have my same refurbished HP notebook with no accessible OS, no way to install one from disk, no income, and no hope.
I do have 12 weeks of notes from the most tenacious remote hack I believe exists. It has swallowed my entire home network and every machine in it, even those not configured for online access.
To start, I just want to get an OS on my laptop. I've long since kissed my data goodbye. I ran killdisk multiple times - the last time took 6 days - but I still have an X drive with a registry, command prompt, notepad, you name it, on my machine. I just dont have normal access to "windows"... all these individual programs I can access through command prompt.
Today I'm looking at a new security log called "backup" that starts, "administrative privileged user logged on. Parsing template defltwk.inf. Configuration engine was initialized successfully..."
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Answer:Can't clean install Win 7: Can't create partitions or clean disk. Remote hacked.

Hard drive manufacturer?
Can you enter the BIOS?
System manufacturer and model?
In spite of your assertions...the original topic reflects no evidence of malware found, IMO.

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my acer 5943 notebook came with the disk in 2 partitions, but as i was filling up the primary partition of the c drive fairly fast with video etc, I thought I could extend the drive to capture the free space.

However the extend volume option is not available(maybe because it is a 'striped' drive).

is it possible to extend the drive,if possible without having to delete all existing stuff on the primary drive? thanks

I attach a screen shot.

Answer:extending primary disk partition

when I re-read the posts from last year, i see they answer this issue.Thanks

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once when I've installed Win7, I've divided my HD to several partitions.
unfortunately i gave only 50 GB to drive C.

Now I would like to extend it, but the extend option is in gray.

my partitions status is attached.

is there anything i can do in order to merge partitions ?


Answer:can't extend primary partition (Disk C)

Try using a different partition manager. I used to have problems with the default built-in Windows partition manager so I decided to use Acronis Disk Director Suite and my problems were solved. You may also want to try Paragon.

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Hi, My ideapad has a OEM partition which is a primary partition. All know that you can only have maximum 4 partitions unless you make extended partition. So have anyone tried convert the OEM partitiion to logical using say minitool partition software and the one key recovery still working. Thanks

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hi friends,               i am having trouble to recovery the operating system. when i was purchase the hard disk is partitioned as "primary"partition. how can i recover without affecting my data's in hard disk. i have asked in hp service center they told me to back up all the data's in some other external drive. i am not able to back up all my hard drive. guide me to this problem.  thankyou.

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Hi there!

I've been trying for the past hours to delete two logical drives so as to obtain some unallocated space that I could (in theory) transform into two new and shinny primary drives, on which I wish to reinstall XP, one as my main partition, the other to try out new programs.

Of course, things didn't work out that way!

So, now I'm stuck with my system on a logical drive (C {Boot},

some free space which I can only turn into a new logical drive

and my data on another primary partition without Windows on it, but still saying (E {System}

Whenever I try using Fdisk from a floppy to create new partitions, they always show-up as logical drives...

Any ideas? The worst thing is that I've done this many times in the past and can't figure out what I'm missing today!



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Due to some corruptions in files system that can't be repair. I decide to do a clean install of vista from recovery partition preinstalled in D drive.

My question is does the clean install also clean out any hidden/unactive virus/rootkit if i format the laptop to its factory condition?

I have tried various AV software on this old laptop but the results come out clean but I still suspect there're some remain hidden as the system is slowly corrupted.

Answer:Clean install vista from recovery partition in D drive also clean virus?


The answer is yes it will, if you do a destructive install (Format "C") & it has not infected any other drives.

So, what drives do you have on your system? "C" (System) & "D" (Recovery) plus DVD/CD drives.

Do you have anything else? USB plug in hard drives or USB memory sticks etc. etc.

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I have a hard disk that the Disk Management diagram shows 4 partitions left to right:

110mb Healthy (OEM Partition) / 10GB Healthy Active Primary / OS (F) 136.44GB (Healthy

Primary Partition / 2.50 GB (Healthy Primary Partition)

(see screenshot)

I tried reformatting it but the reformat window would only allow the reformat of the OS partition

How do I reformat this disk to use its total 150 GB of space instead of the 136GB of storage it currently allows?

Thanks for your help

Answer:How to reformat a 4 partition disk to create 1 partition for storage

I would suggest you to use Partition Wizard Bootable CD .

For deleting all partitions of disk1 : Help on how to Delete All Partitions with partition manager - Partition Wizard?

For creating a new partition there : Create Partition help of partition software - Partition Wizard.

(all the links contains a video guide , at the bottom of the pages content. )

Alternatively, using disk management :

you can delete all the partitions : Partition or Volume - Delete

And create a new one : Partition or Volume - Create New

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I Have 3 seperate Disks installed.
Disk 1: Active primary C: 80 GB with Win XP PRO [54 GB Free Space]
Disk 2: Logical D: 160GB contains All my Data [there is 120 GB Free Space]
Disk 3: 1 Terabyte, split into 2 Logical Drives [465 GB each]. One for Images and the other for Backups.
Thus I have plenty of room to move the contents of Disk 2, containing my data to one of these drives.
I would like to change the Active Primary Disk C: [80 GB] to the Logical Disk D: [160 GB]
I have Acronis Direct Disk 8.0 and know how to increase or reduce the partitions and create Unallocated space and then move data from one to another.
What I am afraid of is moving the Active Primary Partition C: to the larger disk and losing the ability to boot to it. What must I do to make the Logical drive Disk into the new Primary Active Drive? Is this possible without corrupting it.
Do I first have to change the order of the disks from Master to Slave on the disks? Which of these things do I need to do and in what order?
My purpose is to have a larger Active Primary Drive in preparation for a Win7 Pro install in the near future with the Xp Mode also installed.
Please help! Thanking you Jugk

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Answer:Win XP Pro Moving Primary Partition to Logical Disk

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So I recently formatted my Windows 8.1 system and installed Windows 10. But it seems that the setup decided to set my System parition to a separate HDD (G: ) and put the bootmgr and all the boot files there, instead of using the left-over 350MB System Reserved partition on my primary SSD that Windows 8.1 had used. So of course now if I removed that disk, I wouldn't be able to boot anymore.

So what'll be the best way to move all of the boot files and system partition setting back to my old 350MB System Reserved partition? Will I need to disconnect all the other drives and do a repair install of Windows 10? Or can I manually move the files and partition settings over? The old partition is still marked as Active, so maybe I can just move all the Boot related files from G: to the 350MB partition and it'll just work? Maybe mark G: as INACTIVE too

Here is what my Disk Management looks like.

Answer:Move system partition to primary disk?

Changing the Boot Partition

EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

Scroll down to the register button. Click register. You don't have to enter a name or email address, just click download.

Judging from the screenshot you posted, though, the system should be booting from the 350mb partition on the SSD that is already there. Which physical drive is bios set to boot from?

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So I recently formatted my Windows 8.1 system and installed Windows 10. But it seems that the setup decided to set my System parition to a separate HDD (G: ) and put the bootmgr and all the boot files there, instead of using the left-over 350MB System Reserved partition on my primary SSD that Windows 8.1 had used. So of course now if I removed that disk, I wouldn't be able to boot anymore.

So what'll be the best way to move all of the boot files and system partition setting back to my old 350MB System Reserved partition? Will I need to disconnect all the other drives and do a repair install of Windows 10? Or can I manually move the files and partition settings over? The old partition is still marked as Active, so maybe I can just move all the Boot related files from G: to the 350MB partition and it'll just work? Maybe mark G: as INACTIVE too

Here is what my Disk Management looks like.

Answer:Move system partition to primary disk?

Changing the Boot Partition

EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

Scroll down to the register button. Click register. You don't have to enter a name or email address, just click download.

Judging from the screenshot you posted, though, the system should be booting from the 350mb partition on the SSD that is already there. Which physical drive is bios set to boot from?

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I am working on my sisters Toshiba L655d-S5055 notebook. windows 7, 3gb, amd v120 processor, 250gb drive. Started with error msg at boot "encountered a problem communicating with a device at startup......". Couldn't get by this error. took out drive, inserted into usb-enclosure, and tested. numerous sector errors. She has also lost the recovery disks I made for her. I used partition software to scan just the recovery partition, and there are no errors reported there. What I would like to do, is to copy to a flash drive, or make new recovery dvd's from this recovery partition; then I can use the coa from the back of the notebook (if necessary) for full install onto a new hard drive. However, I can't use the toshiba notebook for this; I can only use my desktop pc for the xfer; using the toshiba hard drive as a usb external drive, and the toshiba media creator software will not install onto my desktop pc (doesn't give me a reason). I would prefer to go the dvd-route, but flash drive would be ok, too. Any info is appreciated. thanks.

Answer:how to create recovery dvd's from recovery partition mounted as usb-external drive

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I recently bought a Satellite Pro L850-1UJ with Windows 8

I've created a new partition (so i could use it as data room)
i.e. C: the windows system AND Z: my data

after that, i could NOT use the RECOVERY MEDIA CREATOR to create the recovery dvds
BUT the partition still exists and i can see the inside files from windows

IS IT a way to extract the files from the recovery partition or any other clue how i could fix the partition scheme so the RECOVERY MEDIA CREATOR could recognize it

Many thanks for your time...

Answer:Satellite Pro L850-1UJ: How create recovery DVDs from recovery partition

After changing HDD partitions structure it happens that ?Toshiba recovery media creator? cannot find recovery files. These files are marked with special markers that in your case cannot be found anymore.

I?m afraid now is too late to do or change anything. You are not the first one with this problem. We always write here that first step should be recovery media creation and later you can do whatever you want. You can even delete it.

Now you can just order new recovery disc at

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Hello, I've used the recovery media creator to create a USB flash drive recovery media.

If i then use that to restore the Windows 7 installation onto a new hard drive (as SSD) will that drive itself have the recovery media partition on it?

So if I then lose the USB stick could I restore again by holding down zero when powering on?

Or does it recover the Windows partition and nothing more?

Thank you

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Hello, I don't have the recovery partition on my system anymore, but would like to reset my Ideapad Yoga 13 to factory status. Is this possible somehow? All the guides I've seen assumed that my recovery partition was still intact. Thank you for your time. Regards


Go to Solution.

Answer:Create Recovery Media/Do Factory Resect without Recovery Partition

To reset your PCSwipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)Tap or click Update and recovery, then tap or click Recovery.Under Remove everything and reinstall Windows, tap or click Get started.Follow the instructions on the screen.NoteYou'll be asked to choose whether you want to erase data quickly or thoroughly. If you choose to erase data quickly, some data might be recoverable using special software. If you choose to erase data thoroughly, this will take longer but it makes recovering data less likely.
Refreshing your PC without affecting your files

If your PC isn't performing as well as it once did, and you don't know why, you can refresh your PC without deleting any of your personal files or changing your settings.

If you upgraded your PC from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and your PC has a Windows 8 recovery partition, refreshing your PC will restore Windows 8. You?ll need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 after the refresh has finished.

Applications you?ve installed from websites and DVDs will be removed. Applications that came with your PC and apps you've installed from the Windows Store will be reinstalled. Windows puts a list of removed applications on your desktop after refreshing your PC.

To refresh your PC

Swip... Read more

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I am doing a clean install of 8.1 onto a WD 1TB hdd. Using UEFI dvd in port 1 and hdd in port 0. Everything appears normal until the hdd shows unallocated space of 931.5 GB. I select 'new' and want to begin setting up four partitions: Recovery, System, MSR, and Primary. I selected a size of 20,000 MB for Recovery. Soon error msg says it can not create new partition code 0x80070017...sometimes 0x80070057.

Answer:Clean install will not create partition

Welcome to the forum,

Instead of creating them yourself, have you tried just letting windows create them?

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

Steps 6,7 and 8 in the tutorial above point out what you should see if you do it that way.

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Hello all, I'm new here. I bought a Lenovo G50-70 at the end of 2014. I want to create a recovery media of my RECOVERY PARTITION. Ok I have Lenovo OneKey Recovery App v8 but with that application I can't create a recovery media of my recovery partition, I can ONLY create a recovery of my current partition (in this case: C: ). I don't want that my current partition has 119 GB. My recovery partition has 15GB, my question is: How can I access there to record it in a USB, DVD or my PC? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Lenovo G50-70 create a recovery media (of recovery partition)

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Dear All. My T440s no longer has the recovery partition.I'm with Win 8.1 Pro, but I would like to restore the system. How can I do to restore and create a new Recovery Partition? Thanks,Lucas Mendes  

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Hi, I am trying to create a recovery drive on a new ThinkPad Yoga 15, but that is failing because the recovery partition seems to be empty. - Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management shows 3 hidden partitions. All three are 100% free (empty). - Control Panel > Recovery > Create a Recovery Drive throws error "We can't create a recovery drive on this PC. Some required files are missing. [...] use your Windows installation disc or media." - The laptop shipped without any installation disc or media. - Running >reagentc.exe /info throws "Operation failed: 3. An error has occured". - Running >sfc /scannow results in "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations". Where are the recovery files, and how can I create a recovery drive on this system? Thanks.

Answer:Recovery Partition Empty & Can't Create Recovery Drive

The better part of a month later and still no reply from Lenovo Support? I would appreciate a response. I paid a lot of money for a device that does not work as advertised. Thanks.

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I accidently installed win 7 ultimate on recovery partition 15gb and it is marked as Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition). I also Have win 7 installed on the larger partition 1tb and it is marked as Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition). I think I installed win 7 on recovery first. I am having frequent BSOD where the screen freezes with horizontal lines. (I won't bother uploading crash dump data cause that leads no where. I am on dell inspirion one 2305 and I believe it might have something to do with a loose SATA cable.) In any case I would like to mark the larger partition as the system and format the recovery. Could this maybe solve the crashing problem?

Answer:Help, Installed Win7 on Recovery Partition and Primary, Crashes Alot

Quote: Originally Posted by TJGOA

I accidently installed win 7 ultimate on recovery partition 15gb and it is marked as Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition). I also Have win 7 installed on the larger partition 1tb and it is marked as Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition). I think I installed win 7 on recovery first. I am having frequent BSOD where the screen freezes with horizontal lines. (I won't bother uploading crash dump data cause that leads no where. I am on dell inspirion one 2305 and I believe it might have something to do with a loose SATA cable.) In any case I would like to mark the larger partition as the system and format the recovery. Could this maybe solve the crashing problem?

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Have you tried booting the system with the C: drive and check if you can format the system using disk management.

You could also boot the system using a disk and then format the recovery partition:

Command Prompt at Startup

Partition or Volume - Delete

And best would be if you have the data backup then clean the complete disk and clean install windows now, as recovery partition is already corrupt now and would be of no use.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Clean Install Windows 7

Kindly update your system specs here by following this.Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.

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Trying to do a clean install and my Windows 7 Home Premium x64 seems to have an aversion to putting the system reserved partion on disk 0. My HP notebook has two identical disk drives. If I boot up the windows install with both drives unallocated and do a custom install, the window where i select the partition for the install if I click new to create a partition on disk 0, it creates one partition on the whole disk. If I do the same for disk 1 it automatically creates two partitions, one for the system reserved. If I try to do that in reverse order by partioning disk 1 first it will still create two partitions on disk 1 (one for the system reserved). It wont partion disk 0 with the system reserved partition.

I tried to install windows with only disk 0 plugged to into the motherboard and that worked when i partitioned the drive during the windows install it created the system partion on disk 0. However once i had windows up in running, I plugged disk 1 (unallocated) back into the mother board and windows woudnt boot up.

I could jsut install windows on disk 1 but ive read that it is better to install it on disk 0.

Answer:Clean install wont partition Disk 0 with system reserved partition

Welcome to the forum.

When you tried to boot with both disks installed, did you go to the BIOS and check that disk 0 was the first in the boot priority?

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I've a full system backup and 139 GBs of free disk space, but Disk Management won't allow me to create a new partition to restore the image because I don't have any unallocated disk space. Is my backup image useless?

Answer:No unallocated disk space in Disk Management and can't create new partition.

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I have a Dell Dimension 2100 Desktop...Pentium III processor...256-KB.  I've had this PC for a number of years.  Lately I have found it necessary to delete and reformat the hard drive due to loades of unecessary files and stuff over the years.  I have done this twice with no problems....however on the last time I had to do this I received an error message when formatting the primary hard drive.The error says, "SETUP CANNOT INSTALL WINDOWS ME ON YOUR COMPUTER.  AN ERROR WAS DETECTED WHEN FORMATTING YOUR PRIMARY HARD DISK PARTITION.My question I need to purchase a new hard drive for the pc or is there something I am doing wrong?Any advice would be greatly appreciated!  Thank You in advance!Kim

Answer:Error detected when formatting primary hard disk partition

Possibly a non-recoverable hard drive error but you should run the hdd diagnostics program available on the hdd manufacturer's site.Good luck

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I have just installed two new internal HDs.

In Computer Management, one is listed as Page File, Primary Partition. The other as simply Primary Partition, though I'm pretty sure I did exactly the same installation procedure for both.

What's the difference? Should they both be the same? If so, which and what should I do to make the odd one right? Also, the Page File, Primary Partition drive is slightly smaller, for some reason.



Answer:(Page File, Primary Partition) and (Primary Partition) - Difference?

From Wikipedia
A primary partition contains one file system. In DOS and earlier versions of Microsoft Windows systems, the system partition was required to be the first partition. Windows operating systems must be located in a primary partition. Other operating systems do not have this peculiar requirement. However, other factors, such as a PC's BIOS (see Boot sequence on standard PC) may also impart specific requirements as to which partition must contain the primary OS.

This one may load slow
Change the size of virtual memory (Page file size) in Vista | Windows Reference

The paging file is actually the virtual memory that is stored in the OS.
In the case of your question it is a hidden primary pattiion.

It not necessary, but if you want to try and see it
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Forums

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Well I finished my project - the program script allows me to create MBR and GPT hard drive partitions with a recovery image partition. The script also allows me to install 3 different versions of windows. and lastly it allows me to capture a recovery (push button reset) image. which can then be used to create recovery media..

Here is the Menu Snippet:

WinPE 5.1 was the preinstallation environment use for testing

Answer:Create a Recovery Partition and Recovery Image

Good one! I always have to go back and look up the procedure and commands when doing this. Really a help for an old brain.

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So I inadvertently stumbled onto the disk management program, whilst looking for disk cleanup... and was a little confused to find a 25gb primary partition which was totally unassigned. It won't let me do anything to it other than delete it. So I guess the question I'm asking is, can I delete this partition and assign the 25gb to another drive... or, is this important? I've heard manufacturers often include an inaccessible recovery partition... but 25gb is space I could use...

I've included a screenshot in case my description was a bit rubbish.


Answer:Disk Management - 25gb primary partition, unallocated drive letter.

Welcome to the forum,

Can you post a better screenshot with everything in view,

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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There are discussions on creating recovery disks with OneKey Recovery 7.0. But my G500 is  with win8.1 and Onekey 8.0. I didn't see it support creating CDs. And when I tried to create such a recovery image, OneKey 8.0 said it needs 90G space. It looks like OneKey will backup all files from my C disk. I just want to create factory recovery disks, in case the HDD failed. Can anyone tell me how to create such disks? (It doesn't make sense to spend 60$ to order such disks from Lenovo)

Answer:how to create factory default recovery disk with OneKey Recovery 8.0? (G500, win8.1)

hi lenovo-user-kw,
Thanks for Posting!
Yes that option is not available on Windows 8 and 8.1.
This is tha way i think possible to extract a recovery media
Solid Cruver

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I have ORK 6.0 preinstalled and I created a backup as soon as I bought the machine. The backup worked fine but I can not create recovery disks since the combo box where you are supposed to chose the drive where the backup will be copied is empty. Any ideas? Thanks in advance   

Answer:S10 - One Key Recovery - Select Drive combo box is empty when I try to create a recovery disk

To create recovery disks, you need an optical drive capable of writing to either CD or DVD media [depending on which method you are using]. I don't  think the S10 has an optical drive so you are left with two options. 1) Connect an USB CD or DVD writer and create the recovery disks. 2) Use VirtualCD to create a virtual CD/DVD writer to which you can write your recovery disks and then transfer to another computer I would actually recommend that after you have created recovery disks, that you look into creating a recovery USB instead of having to carry an USB optical drive with you all the time. Since the recovery disk is based off of Windows PE 2.0, you can do step 3 in this article to make your USB flash drive bootable. Then copy all the files on the recovery disk to the USB. If you use max compression when creating the backup, you can get away with using a 4GB flash drive.

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I want to konw the way to create the system recovery disk using one key recovery? 

Answer:One Key Recovery 8: How to create a Recovery disk(Ideapad Y580 (Windows 8))

hi patriot925th,

Welcome to the Lenovo Community.

To create a recovery disc using the One Key Recovery 8.0, you need to:

1. Type "Recovery" on the start screen and click One Key Recovery
2. On the One Key Recovery application, select System Backup
3. Follow the screen instructions (you might need a flashdrive or external drive to save the backup)

Image here:

You may also like to check:
1. How to create a Windows 8 Recovery Image -
2. How to refresh your PC
Hope this helps.

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Hello, I never created recovery disks when I purchased my T60 over three years ago.  I regret that. Now I am wondering if it is possible to do so.  When I launch Create Recover Media (rrmedia.exe), it crashes immediately:AppName: rrmedia.exeAppVer: unknownModVer: 0018089aEventID: 1000 I cannot request recovery disks from Lenovo, because my system is out of warranty now. So I think it is either it is impossible to use rrmedia.exe at this point (since in the meantime, I've upgraded to XP SP3, etc) or I need to upgrade or reinstall Rescue and Recovery.  However, trying the latter opens up a can of worms: 1) Rescue and Recovery shows version 3.01.0037.  Running system update to patch to 3.01.0042 fails: "A later version of 'Rescue and Recovery - Client Security Solution' is already installed on this machine.  The setup cannot continue." 2) When I try to uninstall RR from Add/Remove programs, it fails: "Another version of this product is already installed.  Installation of this version cannot continue.  To configure or remove the existing version of this product, use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel" 3) When I try to upgrade to the latest 4.xx, it says I must first uninstall the current version, which from the above, I cannot do. So the machine is confused as to which version it has, and it won't let me upgrade, uninstall, or reinstall. In summary:&... Read more

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Hi Guys Trying to install windows 7 Ultimate N (legit version) on a new clean Q180 via a USB stick. The stick has been prepped wihtthe MS tool, and managed to figure out a way around the "CD/DVD drivers" error message (switch USB ports), but when I get a few steps on to choose a partition to install to I get stuck again. The screen shows 3 partions - a partition called Lenovo (13GB), an empty unformatteed partion (~480GB) and a system partition (25GB) .  Sizess are from memory, so may be a bit out. When I choose to format the 480GB partition, it works (well, it thinks for a bit and then seems to complete), but when I go to hit next, it says it cannot create the partition.  Have tried several times backwards and forwards, and differerent partition sizes for the new partition, no joy....Any ideas? I have built 10s if not 100s of PCs before, but the last one was a few years back, at this point if this was a deskop I'd whip the drive out and format it on another machine, but want to avoid opening the 180 so soon!   Also, would like to think things have gotten easier, not harder since then!!!  Thanks in advance R

Answer:Q180 clean windows7 installation issue - Cannot create partition?

Welcome To Lenovo Community
Please try deleting the complete partion and then create fresh ones
If USB drive is not allowing you may try same using a Windows OS CD
Or you can create a fresh bootable USB for instillation  and try
How to Create a Bootable Windows 7 Installation USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 7 from a USB Key To: Install Windows 7/Vista From USB Drive [Detailed 100% Working Guide] a USB Key to Install Windows 7
Hope This Helps
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I originally made a USB key which booted fine, but could not install on any partition on two different PCs and 4 different drives. It gave the error message "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files." Tried different hard drives/partitions even a completely blank drive.

Did the usual wipe all partitions (on the two drives that are blank). I re-ran the MediaCreationToolx64 to make an ISO and now it is installing correctly. Is there a US English location I can download somebody's image of their USB drive or just try the 2 hour download again?

AND is their an explantion other than something went wrong creating the USBKEY? It is a brand new key (it is 3.0 but the ports are 2.0).


Answer:Windows 10 Clean Install - We couldn't create a new partition or locat

How did you create the flash drive? I use Rufus and never have a problem.

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By mistake my little brother have formated the recovery partition.I am not able to refresh the PC through update&recovery option in PC settings...I have HP pavilion 15 8.1 single language. Please guide me create the partition again.......

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Answer:How to create recovery partition??????

Hello, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. Welcome! I am afraid you cannot create recovery partitions if they are deleted. End users cannot do it. If the computer originally came with Windows preinstalled by HP (e.g. OEM Windows), then you can purchase recovery media from HP. They are usually cheap. You can use it to restore your computer to factory default condition. Here is how to do it:>>>> And once you receive the recovery media [DVDs or USB pen drive], here is how to use it to restore back to factory/Windows default condition:>>>>  If the computer originally did not come with Windows preinstalled, but you installed it on your own after that, then you need to use Windows installation media to reinstall Windows. You can get Windows installation ISO images from Microsoft web site and then burn it on a DVD >>>>  Please, let me know if this helps and works for you. Don't hesitate to post back for follow-up questions.

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How could i create a recovery partition, so that i could reinstall windows xp?
And if anyone can give me extra info that would be real helpful.
thx in advance.

Answer:how to create a recovery partition?

It's a bad idea to make one. You have limited access to the partition, and it is useless if the drive fails. Just use your original CD or make an image of the drive on an external.

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Can anyone advise me how to create a recovery partition like those new HP computer? Thanks.

Answer:Create Recovery Partition

I found an article from PC MagazineMake a Recovery PartitionHope this is of some help

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Thank you for reading! Skip to the bold part below if this is TLDR. I've tried searching around for answers, but I'm afraid that I'm just not familiar enough with what I'm hoping to solve to even know if I'm searching in the right place. So again, thanks for your help in advance!

I recently picked up an Asus laptop, a SDD to replace the the laptop's HDD, and a HDD caddy to hold the HDD in place of the CD/DVD drive. After a fresh Win 8.1 install on the SDD, I made system images of both the SDD and the HDD with the Win 8 OEM install (both stored on external drive). I also created a USB recovery drive and then formatted the HDD.

Fast forward a few weeks... It's last Friday. I'm about to leave for a business trip. I boot up my laptop and a screen comes up telling me to "reboot and select proper boot device". I pull the SDD out, hook it up to my desktop, and see that the drive shows up, but it's blank. A little googling turned up a few reviews from other people with the same issue. On rare occasion, it will wipe itself. Using the USB recovery drive and the Win 8.1 system image, I got things up and running again.

Now for my question, instead of constantly carrying around the 2 USB drives holding the recovery and system image, can I create a recovery partition on my HDD that I can boot too if my SDD wipes again? (Could I copy or clone my Recovery USB to a partition on my HDD?) Then I could just keep the SSD system image on the HDD in case I need to restore it, right?
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Answer:How do I create a recovery partition on a 2nd HDD

You can always create a System Image Backup on a second internal drive, as long as it is not part of the backup. You could also copy the current WindowsImageBackup folder to the internal drive for re-imaging the SSD.

The term "Image" may apply to many different type of files. For instance, a Windows 8 OEM system image may be a .wim file used to reset the system to factory conditions. The type of file would certainly determine what utility was necessary to recover that image.

A recovery drive will normally have the Factory image of Windows 8, unless you have replaced the install.wim with a new one. But all this does get confusing if the exact type of image being referred to is not known.

Be aware, when you create a Recovery Drive, the entire drive can be used for nothing else. That is why Flash drives are normally used.

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make recovery patition

Answer:how to create a recovery partition

type backup in the run box, open backup and restore center, and create an image, preferably on an external drive.i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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I have a computer with the F10 option when I first turn on the computer. The hard drive failed so I have replaced it and installed windows 7. I am wondering if I can create a recovery partition when I turn on the computer and use the F10 option to restore back to when I first installed windows 7?

Answer:Create F10 Recovery Partition

I don't think you can create a partition that will do that by pressing f10, but you can create a system image of your system that is activated and will restore your PC to exactly the way it is when you create the image. You can burn it to DVD, a separate partition or a USB stick. This would be my suggestion to you. Get your computer exactly the way you want it with all your basic and primary apps installed and everything activated. Then make a system recovery image and a recovery disk. To do this go to Control Panel>System and Recovery>Backup and Restore and look on the left hand side of the Windows and you will see both options. Click create a system image and tell Windows where to save your image and it will make an exact copy of your partition. Then it will ask you to make a recovery disk. Follow the instructions on doing that and you will have a backup of your system at it's bare minimum.

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As I posted under different thread, my Windows 8 computer crashed a week ago.
A Dell technician replaced a new motherboard. Then, Windows 8 was restored using a provided Windows 8 recovery media DVD. Now, windows 8 runs super.

What I now found was that the original recovery partitions were disappeared. in the main hard drive.
I could not create a recovery drive (in flash drive) without recovery partitions in hard drive.
Is there a way to re-create the original recovery partitions ? If so, how?

Answer:How to create recovery partition

Buy the factory recovery disks.

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I am attempting to create a recovery partition. The instructions I have received to create the partition state to type fdisk from command prompt then choose option 1. However, when I type fdisk I receive the message it is not a recognized command. Any ideas? I got this from this site is another computer i have, here is it's spec's HP 864n Windows Xp Pro Sp3 Pentium 4 2.66ghz 1024 RAM

Answer:How to create a recovery partition

Why not, after installing, updating, etc. to where you want to create a recovery partition, why not just clone the HD? That way, if the original HD goes, you just pop in the 2nd one and you're back up and running. Just a thought.

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I want to create a recovery partition on my windows xp desktop. Pretty much i want to be pompted when the pc boots to hit f10 and have a count down of 4 seconds . I know this would be done through boot.ini however i have no idea how to do so. Also id make a seperate partition on my hd of ten gigs just for the backup image. Im guessing id use ghost to make the backup. But if someone could help me.... I'll appreciate it. Thanks

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Answer:How to create recovery partition?

There are a couple of items you would have to do. First create a new partition, format it with FAT32 and make it bootable using DOS or The version that comes with Ghost. Create your image using Ghost or Acronis and save it there. You will have to install the imaging program on the partition as well put it in a folder called Ghost. Then you will need to create an AUTOEXEC.BAT file to load Ghost on start up saved in the same folder. I would make the parition bigger this way you can keep a few different images stored if you want. Finally you will need to alter you Boot.ini file. Create a copy and save it somewhere easy to remember first in case you make a mistake and need to restore the old one.

The boot.ini should look like this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\Ghost="Recovery Partition"

You can change how long the wait in seconds is by altering the timeout value.

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Hello All,
I have seen this thread: request: HP Recovery partition/dvd of Windows 7. I want to make a recovery partition on a clean install of windows 7. This is what I did:
1. Download HP Recovery Manager for Windows Vista
2. Install it.
3. Go to C:\Windows\SMINST\RAMDSK\Windows\SYSTEM32
4. Run Shrink.exe

Before when I ran it it said it couldn't create a recovery partition. To run it asks me to click next when it says "This installer will create a recovery partition and an initial restore point" and I did. But now when I run it as administrator it says its verifying the file system and it says it is preparing the harddrive for recovery partition creation and gives me an error : "Resizing of the windows partition failed or the disk is not recognized!The recovery partition cannot be may try to delete files i the Windows partition, defragment the drive and/opr use a 3rd party tool to reduce the windows partition in size.". I tried everything.

On the screen it gives me the error it said it will restart the PC in a few seconds and it counts down and it shows click finish to restart. When I wait or click finish it just closes and does not restart my computer.

I reinstalled it lots of times.

In Shrink.exe.log it says this:


Shrink.EXE - 4, 0, 2, 59 - Compiled on Feb 7 2007 14:08:38 - Executed on May 16 2012 19:26:18

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Answer:Create HP Recovery Partition

Why do you want a Recovery partition on the same HD, which can fail and lose the ability to recover.

A much better plan is to save a Win7 backup image externally so you can reimage with the Win7 boot CD/DVD in 20 minutes to the same or a replacement HD.

I would also consider with HP getting a far superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I have a Flex 14 Ideapad having 25 GB of solid state disc as a different partition. Now I am thinking of creating a system recovery disc in this drive. However I do not see any option of choosing this drive in the dialogue for creating the receovery disc.Could you please guide me as to how to create the recovery disc / partition for Flex 14 laptop on another drive on the computer itself.Thank you in advance

Answer:Create a Recovery Partition

You have a number of misunderstandings going on here. Firstly, all Win8.1 installations have a hidden recovery partition on the boot drive. You need a separate recovery disk/usb stick in case you get to the point where you cannot boot from the main drive. Best approach is to make a recovery disk/stick and choose to copy the recovery partition too, but do not delete it from your PC when it offers.The recovery drive will be bootable (that's the point) so if you managed to get it on an internal partition you would have to make a dual boot configuration. This would be an odd way of doing things and against design. I recommend against such a strange approach.

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i have a year old hp pavilion a6425n and it shipped with a 250 gb hdd witch i later upgraded to a 500 gb hdd and i lost my recovery option.. can i make a new recovery partition using my win7 disk so if i press F11 during boot it takes me to setup?

Answer:how do i create a 'recovery' partition?

Hello cammy,

Here is a tutorial that may apply to you from this very website, try it out: Recovery Partition - Create

"Recovery Partition - Create" tutorial creator - severedsolo

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Hi all,
I'v trying to create a recovery partition on my Windows 8.1 PC.
I followed the guide here: Restore Deleted Recovery Partition2
I've put install.wim onto my recovery drive (R:\WIN8\install.wim)
When using command prompt to point windows to the recovery drive using:
REAGENTC /SetOSImage /Path R:\Win8\install.wim /Index 1
I receive the message:
REAGENTC.EXE Operation Failed: 3
I've looked around for a solution and i can't find anything applicable.
Can anyone help?
Many thanks!
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Answer:Trying to create new recovery partition

I've put install.wim onto my recovery drive (R:\WIN8\install.wim)

you don't make a recovery drive - install.wim does that for you
Create a folder on our C drive - Win81-Recovery
copy install.wm into that folder
right-click the Windows Start screen button and select Command Prompt (Admin)
type in
REAGENTC /SetOSImage /Path C:\Win81-Recovery\INSTALL.WIM /Index 1
press enter
now type REAGENTC /Info press enter

you should get operation successful
that's it

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please how can i create recovery partition again ??  

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my sony vaio laptop model is VPCEH26EN.I recently installed windows 8 pro 64 Bit.I formatted whole hard disk and installed windows 8.I had a oem recovery partition when i bought this laptop with windows 7 preinstalled.By this hard disk partition ,i used to recover the whole windows to its factory condition by using F10 key.The recovery hard-disk partition was of only contains the whole windows with some software already installed .But now i have no recovery partition now.So please tell how to create recovery partition with in 12GB for future purpose.The windows default system image creation usually taking 40 gb space.So its of no use.Please tell how to create a recovery partition which can be used to recover windows to its factory condition using F10 key in case of any error in future?????????????????

Answer:create recovery partition

You would like to remake the Sony Vaio VPCEH26EN Windows 7 Recovery Partition with Windows 8?

You can remake the Sony Vaio VPCEH26EN Windows 7 Recovery Partition with the Recovery DVD's.

For Windows 7.

How to make Sony Recovery Disks:
View Document
How to use Sony Recovery:
View Document

How to use Sony Hardware Diagostics:
View Document

How to order Sony Recovery disks:

1.Go to
2.Enter your computer's model number (for example, PCV-XXXX), and click List Parts and accessories.
3.Follow the online instructions to order the Recovery Media Kit.
If you are not able to access the Sony Direct Accessories and Parts Center Web site, contact a customer service representative at 1-800-488-7669.

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hi, Folks

i run windows 7 and wanna make a recovery partition hitting the F key on startup like toshiba's one. The toshiba recovery utility is no longer available. Who can help me to do it?

Thanks in advance

Answer:How to create a recovery partition?


1.) On Toshiba notebooks there is no recovery partition. They only have an image of factory settings stored on second partition in HDDrecovery folder. This recovery procedure can be started in advanced boot menu of Windows (F8) and if you select ?Repair my Computer?.

2.) It?s not possible to create such a partition and then you have to press only one single key to start this. I think it?s pretty complicated to create such a recovery partition.

3.) You can create your own image using a backup program like Acronis TrueImage. Save this backup on the second partition or external HDD. You can restore this image using the Acronis boot disk. It?s very easy and I do this on my notebook too.

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it just keeps saying that over n over ! or locate an existing system partition . and its says disk 0 partition 1 232.6 b right on the list , man . please help me get windows on my computer , it wont do anythingobviously without a os and I dont know anything about this stuff

Answer:setup is unable to create new system partition - windows 7 clean install

There should be an option on the bottom that allows you to delete that partition. Once it is deleted it will be seen as unallocated space and you should be able to install Win 7 on it.

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I had 32 bit win7 home premium provided by OEM. Recently I purchased win7 professional 64 bit in order to increase my memory.(My system is 64 bit capable) I followed [1]. I am using USB for installation. I booted the system with USB. Then at disk manager I deleted all the partitions(including recovery ) Then I refreshed and click next and I got an error saying setup unable to create system partition. I also tried diskpart clean. Still no hope. So I am stuck with a formated laptop. Want to get this working soon. Can anyone of you kindly enlighten me on this issue.


Answer:Win7 64 bit clean install error. unable to create system partition.

Where did you get the Win 7 that you want to install?

I strongly suspect a bad Win 7 or a hacked Win 7 as the cause.

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I just purchased a new Toshiba laptop preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium OEM. Apparently as of Windows Vista Microsoft in it's ingenious asinine have decided to stop giving out dvd's and cds for operating systems. I've seen briefly something about a custom Toshiba application on the laptop to make a 'recovery' disk.Whats the differance between a recovery disk and a windows 7 install Disk?How would I go about making both? Any help would be greatly appreciated!Regards!

Answer:Create Install Disk? / Make Recovery Disk?

The differences in OEM recovery disks and a full Windows installation disk is that the former can only be used to restore that particular model of computer while the latter will install on any computer with compatible hardware.I don't know the exact procedure you need to use to create the disks but it should be spelled out in your manual and possibly even on your start up screens.Be aware that those disks will be created from data on a partition already on your hard drive. That partition can also be used to restore to factory settings. The primary reason to make the restore set is to have the means to restore in the event your hard drive fails. I advise you to make those disks ASAP and make copies of them too. You will only get one bite of the apple. That is to say you are only allowed to create ONE restore set. The process won't work after one set has been made.

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Is it possible to create the recovery media on an external hard disk instead of using USB flash drive or optical media?

I've been getting errors while creating the the recovery media on optical drive.


Answer:How do I create a recovery disk using external hard disk?


As far as I know it?s impossible to create an Toshiba image on the HDD?
You need to burn the image on the disk (DVD).


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On making the recovery disks, whilst program was verifying the final disk, program came up with Not Responding and disk would not release. I don't want to waste lots of DVD's if this is a common fault. Anyone else had this problem?

Answer:Recovery disk creator failed to create 3rd disk

Are you sure the disc failed?

Maybe it burnt ok but it just failed to continue?

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I want to create a recovery disk for my edge 13 which has no internal disk writer.Alas Rescue & Recovery does not offer to create a recovery ISO which I then could burn on another computer.I have an external DVD drive but no writer. So I would be able to boot from a recovery CD if I could create one.I inserted an USB stick and Rescue and Recovery could write to it but from my experience USB sticks get lost or overwritten easily so I prefer a CD as a recovery media. Thus my question is:Is there a way to make a recovery CD from the bootable USB stick or maybe create a recovery disk ISO with R&R?Or can I simply burn the stick as a data CD? ADD ON:I just tried to test boot from the created recovery USB stick but it did not workI was able to select the USB stick at the F12 prompt but the screen stays just blank with a underline cursor in the upper left corner. After 2 minutes I gave up and booted normally again so I still don't have a recovery media.   


Go to Solution.

Answer:howto create a recovery disk without a disk writer

Do you have an external Western Digital harddisk? If you do, then you can download WD's Acronic true image on their website.It works alot faster and better than the lenovo  Onekey recovery software (which can not recover the system if something happened with the windows partition, I noticed today)

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dear all ,i hv lenovo ideapad 300 n in it there is only one partition named Windows C, size 890, i wnt to create two new partitions in this partition, but not getting succes. plz some one help me out plz. i hv used disk  management utility to do d same but fail.  thnxranveer 

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I'm using Windows Vista and I'm trying to achieve this...

1) Copy my C: Drive partition to a DVD
2) Have that DVD be bootable and be able to recover the entire partition back into the partition.

I've got my Hard Drive partitioned into 4 parts
C: - OS
D: - Documents, Program Files, AppData (and other windows folders)
the other two are not relevant.

So basically if anything goes wrong with my OS I want to be able to throw the DVD in and boot to it, have it restore the C: partition.

So what software would I use to do this?

Answer:Create a bootable Partition recovery DVD

Acronis True Image will let you "image" your entire drive or partition to CD/DVD media and restore it at a later time. The backup set itself will not be bootable, but True Image will create a bootable CD version of itself that you can use to run True Image natively (meaning you boot from that CD, load the application, remove that CD and then put in the backup CDs/DVDs and do the restoration, or use True Image to create new backup sets).

There's nothing on the market today that will automagically create a bootable backup recovery set; the only one product that ever did that automagically was Powerquest Drive Image. It would put the actual application on the first CD (it didn't burn DVDs when it came out and disappeared before DVD burners/media even became popular) and you could use that backup set to restore.

The only difference with True Image is you need the TI recovery CD + your backup set, hardly a big problem. You can burn off multiple copies of the recovery CD as required, one for each set if necessary.

Good luck...

It's possible to create a recovery set using Norton Ghost and then you can create a new CD and put the ghost.exe executable on the CD, but you'd still be required to do other steps to make that CD bootable in the first place so you could then access the ghost.exe file to run it. A bit more hassle than most people care to bother with, I believe. But it's possible... and you can use other imaging tools to do similar tas... Read more

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OK what I need to do is complicated. I have been searching for hours and cannot come up with a solution.
I have a computer with Windows 8 Pre-installed. It has a recover partition. I have disabled UEFI in the BIOS until I can finish installing Windows 7. I do not have any blank DVDs or access to a USB drive. What I want to do is delete the files in the Windows 8 recovery partition and put Windows 7 installer there. Then boot from that and replace Windows 8 with Windows 7. I have the drivers already downloaded to go onto the recovery partition. I have been unable to find any resources online to do this. I already Have a Windows 7 ISO ready to go.

Answer:How do I create Windows 7 Recovery Partition

How do I get over 100 views and no responses?

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As most of us know, Acronis True Image can create a recovery partition, that is available while starting up a pc / laptop with F11 key. While it sounds like i great idea, there is one issue with this. It's price for Acronis.

So i've been thinking as well with using a google to find a similar software, that can do same thing. But my google skills aren't as good as i would like it to be.

Here i'm asking for your help guys. If you have found one please let me know. So far i've found this one

create a bootable recovery partition to restore a pc. like oem's F11


but ... well just want to know is that everything ? Or there is other software that can help me creating recovery partition.

Yes i do understand i will need space from my Hdd. Not sure what else could possible go wrong

Cheers in advance for your help


Ps. Please excuse my bad grammar english. Still learning.

Answer:What software can create recovery partition ?

I would just create an image - beats reinstalling.

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In a fit of over zealous tidying up after installing Win 10 on my lappie, I deleted the 450MB Recovery Partition that the upgrade from Windows 7 created at the end of the main partition.

1) What was actually in that partition and why would I want it.

2) If I do want it, how to re-create it ...?


Answer:Re-Create that 450MB Recovery Partition?

Recovery partition is where Windows stores the WinRe.wim which allows you to create a recovery disk or get into the recovery environment to repair/Trouble shoot/Restore/Reset/Refresh etc...

Now that you've deleted it. Those features won't be available and you won't be able to create a USB Recovery disk.

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My laptop came with windows 8.1 innitialy. I had upgraded my os to windows 10. Some days back I had to do " restore factory settings " on my pc due to some problems and my pc started with windows 8.1 again.  So, How should I creat recovery partition that would recover my pc back to windows 10 with out going back to windows 8.1. Plzz Help me ASAP.

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Hi Guys,

So, I have a Toshiba Satelite L505-141 (from Greece) and my hard drive broke. Unfortunately, I have lost my recovery discs. I have changed my hard drive, I have installed the OS but I would like to have my computers as it was (with all crapwares ... Wink )

I found a guy with the same laptop and he can send the recovery disc. Actually, he already sent me the 2 disc (he sent me two copies of his CD online) that he created when he bought the laptop (through the Recovery media creator). Those discs though are not bootable and (I read) that you just use them and when you restart the system goes through the recovery wizard. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me (at least with the CD my friend sent me).

Do you know any way that I can do it? I mean to get from my friend a recovery disc? Can he create an ISO from his recovery partition?

Any suggestion is welcome!

Message was edited by: GeoKoro13

Answer:How to create bootable DVD/USB from Recovery Partition?


To be honest I don?t have experience with this stuff but i found very interesting document in Toshiba knowledge base -

Check it out.

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I bought my z5070 with HDD in it now it is so slow, so i bought SSD, i want to create a recovery partition as the one that came with the basic HDD(the one that we use to restore from using OneKey Recovery), so how can i create it?? or at leat coping it. i tries with the acronis that came with the SSD but i always fail "not supported file system" or something llike that the acronis gives me

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Although this is my first post here, I am no stranger to this forum. So I have a blank hard drive which is for a notebook laptop with no DVD drive. I am planning to install windows 7 but I also do not have a 4GB () flash disk, at least not at the present.
So I though of creating a recovery partition. I am using windows 7 on my laptop and I have a SATA to USB cord. I have been creating partitions for some time now so I though it will be just the same process except that it is on another HD. Here is what I usually type on the console window.

list disk
select disk X
list partition
select partition X
X:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 X:
But when I was done with the process, transferred the HD to the notebook it did not boot into the set up process.
Although I don't know the problem, I suspect that the problem might be this last line :

X:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 X:
Please help if you can.


Answer:How to create a recovery partition for a blank HD

I think you are better off to make a USB recovery stick. Those sticks cost pennies. - $0 - $10, usb stick

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As with most new home computers these days, the manufacturer will include a bootable recovery partition on the hard drive instead of sending you a recovery CD.
I?m currently building a new system with windows 7, and after installing some of the most common applications I want to create a bootable recovery partition on the hard drive, as well as a bootable image on a CD.
The question is I?m not really sure how to do this?
I know of programs such as Norton ghost and Acronis, but I was looking for an easier solution, perhaps a free program?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:How do I create a bootable recovery partition?

Hi -

The recovery partitions are found on pre-manufactured OEM systems. You can create a system inage on a partition, external drive, DVD, etc...

See "system image" - from Microsoft, Windows 7 Support -

Regards. . .



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I want to create 2 partitions in my hdd but I have no idea how to do it. I have 80GB hard disk. I have recovery CD and I want to ask if anybody knows is this possible to do it by that recovery cd.

Thanks for any help!!!!!

Answer:How to create partition in Satellite 105 via recovery CD?

Hi nina,

Use the Expert Modus with the recovery CD.

You make a Partition with the recovery CD

- Choose ?Expert mode? pressing number two
- Click OK and press ENTER
- Look in: must be selected to CD-ROM drive
In the middle window choose GHO file and press ENTER
- Using TAB button you must mark information about drive and so on and press ENTER
- Using TAB button mark again middle part of window (blue line) and with space bar activate ?New Size? box
- Put inside new partition size and press again ENTER button
- The question ?Proceed with disk load?? confirm with OK

or use the Partition Magic 8 this is a good and a simple Software for Partitions of the HDD.

I Hope this is a Help


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I've successfully created a Windows 7 Recovery partition as follows in the past, but when I try this with the Windows 10 Installation DVD or flash it says permission denied:
Windows 10: Create a System Installation Partition to install Windows (Installation Partition, not image)

1.) Boot From the Windows 10 Installation USB Flash drive and choose cmd from troubleshoot.

2.) Create a 16GB partition at the beginning of the hard drive, then partition the rest of the hard drive as you wish as follows:


select disk # (note:where # is the number of the partition in the output of the list disk command.)

Create Primary Size=X (where X is in megabyte hint: 16 GB is exactly 16384MB)

3.) Copy the entire USB Flash drive on to the 16 GB partition and make the partition bootable.

Open the command prompt and type this:

diskpart (note if not already in it)

list disk (note: disk number next to disk)

list volume

select volume # (note:where # is the number of the partition in the output of the list volume command.)

list partition

select partition # (note:where # is the number of the partition in the output of the list partition command.)

delete partition # (note:where # is the number of the partition in the output of the list partition command.)

select partition # (where # is the partition you want to format on the disk note the number beside partition in the list partition output.)

create partition primary size=16384


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I would like to create a custom recovery partition for windows 8.1 that I can use to refresh the pc. I would like to include the drivers that are required. I am unable to locate a tutorial that can help me do this. Anyone know how I can do this?

Answer:Create custom recovery partition

Maybe this will help:
Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

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CREATE clean restore DISK - [ advanced.] { please move if this is the wrong forum, Im
new here }


I've wanted to do this for a long time. I am intermediate to advanced level, on pc.

I am currently using a TOSHIBA satellite, laptop, with xp , no service packs. I am considering upgrading to a HP laptop, with windows 7. But i don't want all their junk installed.

{ I know of no way to buy a laptop without the junk }

I want to create a restore disk , dvd. { the TOSHIBA uses 2 dvd's } that can restore the OS without ANY JUNK software attached. Yes, I know you can delete those programs, but it takes forever and creates a mess!

The current dvd restore disks are older and dont have sp2 on them. so I would add sp 2 to a custom disk, also, it there is a way. { why not xp sp3 ? I found it
runs worse than sp2, for me }

Also, I want to repeat the process for the new windows 7 laptop.
What is the best way to do this please?

Or should I create a junk free version by removing all programs , then copying to another partition?

I would like this copying partition method, as a second way to restore the clean Junk free OS, without having to reformat and use recovery disks.

I would be willing to buy bootit ng, or what partitioning software ?, to do this.

Or is it better, to just install A NEW HARDDRIVE to the laptop to do this? How?

{ I did buy a new, bigger harddrive for the toshiba, but haven't tried to install it yet. Not really sure how }

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Answer:CREATE clean restore DISK - [ advanced.]

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Hello, I had to do a diskpart clean to my HDD so I have nothing now, is there a way to make one key partition and other partition? I have a DVD with the same windows that came with my S400, I installed and download one key .exe app but doesn't work because the missing partition. I found a video hot to make the partition but is with okr7 and win7, I think that doesn't work with windows 8. Which steps can I follow to install one key recovery partition from zero. Thanks.

Answer:How to create partitions for S400 after clean disk

Dear CRJ08
Welcome In Lenovo community
Unfortunately the recovery software is only available for Win7, but if you mean that you want to create a new partition you can don it from disk management by shrinking the size from any active driver , for more details please let me know if this is what you are looking for or not .

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I'm trying to dual boot a Linux OS with my Windows 10 but there's already 4 partitions and it seems I can't create a new one for the Linux. Is it safe to delete one or these or another way to make a new partition? Where did these extra partitions come from anyways?

Answer:Trying to create new disk partition, already 4 - Can I delete one?

You have plenty of space on your C: partition, you should be able to easily create a new 100 gb partition from some of that space providing that drive is GPT. If it is MBR, then you are already at your limit.

Remember to back up all of your data before you mess with any partitions.

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Is it possible to create a recovery partition or image on a PC, which could recover the PC using a Fn key during boot up ?

I have a PC with a recovery partition which is for vista, which is now obsolete now Imhave moved up to Windows 10 via Windows 7.... never want to recover to vista...

would love over to create my own recovery partition, where pressing e.g. Fn11 during startup invokes the recovery process.....maybe this is too difficult...there is a program called AOMEI OneKey Recovery which promises to do such, or so it looks...

Answer:create recovery partition with restore option with Fn key

Acronis True Image 2016 does this. You enable Startup Recovery Manager and you can hit F11 during the boot process to recover a disc image. Adds about 30 sec to boot process before it defaults to OS startup.

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I finally broke down and bought a modern laptop Asus A55A (K55A) and installed Ubuntu 12.04 in a dual boot situation. With the nefarious secureboot and other such nonsense Windows 8 install met with an untimely demise. However, I have the files left on the recovery partition (copied to my 16gb usb) and need to make an install disk. My only issue is that I can't find a way to do it in Ubuntu as all the tutorials I find assume that Windows is installed. Is there a way to make a bootable Windows 8 install usb or iso from the files on the recovery partition-without using Windows to make it? I would love to re-install Windows 8 and then setup a stale dual boot.

Answer:Create Windows 8 USB from Recovery Partition files

Interesting, I have never tried that.

Can you post a screenie of the recov partition contents that you already copied to usb?

You might be able to make the stick bootable with grub.

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it says it all in the title really.

Can I create a restore cd from my HP partition using the Recovery Console? as I cant boot to desktop.


Answer:Can I create a restore cd from partition using Recovery Console?

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how to create the recoverypatition at the on new installation of windows 7

Answer:How to create recovery partition on new Windows 7 installation?

Recovery Partition - Create

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Today I received 2nd hand X200 without any recovery disks. I reinstalled everything from scratch but I was just wondering is it possible to recreate hidden recovery partition for future recovery? It would be perfect if I would need to sell the laptop and make the customer happy. Anyone tried to do this?

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Ok, here's what I want to do.

If I was to build a new pc from scratch and install windows 7 home premium, how would I go about creating a bootable hidden recovery partition on the hard drive, so I could reformat it back to these settings at any point if needed?

(like the proper manufacturers do themselves, normally loaded by pressing one of the F keys)

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Easiest way to create a hidden recovery partition?

Ah yes, my motherboard in particular lets you create one of those. Quite a useful feature, that I don't really use.

What you can do is store a partition containing a backup, and restore from that when the time is right, even though you will need a optical disk to begin the restore process using the backup program. You won't be able to get something like one of the F keys when your computer starts up like most manufacturers do, but you might be able to give it the option when choosing between boot choices when your computer starts.

How to create custom recovery partition - MSFN Forum


You won't be able to get it to start by hitting F keys, but you can modify your boot loader to boot into a hidden recovery partition.

I've used grub for this in the past. Have a "System Recovery" option in the list and set the timer to 1 or 2 seconds. "System Recovery" boots into a scripted DOS or WINPE partition which has at least a couple of prompts to back out (incase you boot into it by accident) and eventually restores the system partition back to the original image.

I have used 3rd party tools to do the imaging myself, but you could easily use ImageX if using WinPE.

I've only used it for other people's computers, so I can easily instruct them on how to restore it back to a working image and saves me from having to look at the machine myself. Saves them playing around with boot options trying to boot from a CD/USB as well.

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Hi, the hdd on my ThinkPad T410 is Out of Order ( dead -- too much sectors are defective ), i decided to install a new one in my notebook as it is no more under warranty, how can i create the partition recovery by myself (as all thinkpad have in their factory configuration) on this new hdd to permit me to restore my notebook if any issue further occurs ? Thanks 

Answer:HDD to replace in my T410, how to create a partition recovery in the new one

Hi HonoRob and welcome to the forum!
ThinkPads also have an option to create recovery discs:-
Windows 7: Vista/XP:
Contact support to buy them if you didn't do so before your HDD went dead.Hope this helps.

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